US winemaker mitigates power shutoffs with EDF microgrid

By District Energy posted 11-18-2020 07:03


Power Engineering International


US winemaker Domaine Carneros has selected EDF Renewables to ensure its long-term financial and sustainability goals are achieved.

The wine maker has tasked the independent power producer to design, build, and operate a resilient solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery energy storage microgrid solution.

The system will comprise a 250KW solar PV and a 280KW/540KWh behind the meter battery energy storage system to island the entire facility during a power outage.

The solar PV system will be a combination of a carport and ground-mount installations.

The microgrid will help reduce diesel fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as extend fuel reserves up to an entire week.

The system is projected to offset 624 metric tons of carbon each year.

Wildfires, rolling blackouts, and PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs, have made power unreliable throughout California, putting products and business operations at risk. Domaine Carneros is one of the first in the region to implement a microgrid solution that demonstrates a sophisticated approach of leveraging all available onsite assets to improve resilience and sustainability while also reducing costs during grid connected and power outage operations.

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